A solid business motivation strategy is key to success. Often neglected in importance, entrepreneur motivation can help you avoid failure on many levels.
Starting, operating, and growing a successful company takes a positive mindset. Negative situations and people will enter your orbit constantly. And a little thing like inspiration can have a big effect on your attitude and bottom line.
1. Build a network of positivity.
Like-minded individuals are the best folks to bounce ideas off. Whether your aim is to simply talk shop or, in devising a plan to increase market share, you’ll need the right team.
Founders experience multiple challenges throughout their days. Situations can often attack you from many angles too. One result of these challenges will often be stress. If it’s one thing entrepreneurs have in common, it’s stress.
One key person in my group is Gary. He runs a moving service like I do. We share wild customer stories all the time. Leading to laughter that can go on for an hour. I know that my stress will be lower after speaking with him.
These mentor relationships take time to build. But be patient, seek them out, and foster them. The value of talking to someone about the same issues that you are having, have had, or will have, is huge.
2. Motivational quotes are good.
Reading the perfect motivational quote that addresses your situation is great. Good ones have the power to get you fired up, focused, and even through tough situations.
I also listen to many popular speakers. Hearing the life stories of experts like Les Brown, Brian Tracy, and Jim Rohn will help you maintain focus. Fit in a live event too if you can. I can remember being absolutely pumped for weeks after seeing Tony Robbins once.
Drawing encouragement from your favorite speaker or inspirational entrepreneur is super easy. You can follow them on social media channels, read their books, or watch their bios.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle
3. Your why.
Need more drive to keep going? Check out Simon Sinek’s TED Talk. Knowing why you do something is just as important as knowing how to do something. When you have both, your empire succeeds.
The right why will provide plenty of encouragement. (Could also be your mission statement.) How to become an entrepreneur that is constantly positive is hard. But a clear definition of why you do what you do helps.
Dig yours up, put it on your fridge, or get a t-shirt made. Don’t just use it as a slogan, or as a sales material content. Live by it.
4. Hit a goal.
Financial incentive is a major part to hitting numbers. If you do so, treat yourself. Treat you team. Share with your family even.
If you now make $100K a year from your startup, and your goal was $50K, raise a glass. When we work for ourselves it’s easy to miss opportunities to celebrate. Your last 9-5 took advantage of hitting goals.
You got a bonus. A free trip. Or just recognition in front of colleagues. Working hard and achieving a goal makes it all worth it.
“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” Abraham Maslow
5. Small business inspiration from Hollywood.
Movies similar to the The Big Short and Wall Street teach us about greed. How to spot it and the consequences of it. They entertain us too. And every trailblazer deserves a break!
Your creation will require lots of work hours. In fact, the average entrepreneur works 60 per week. To create some type of balance, don’t forget about a distraction. Take your mind off work if only for a few moments.
The best business movies also inspire us. For example, The Pursuit of Happyness entertain, educate, and motivate us to be better.
At the end of the day, these are all temporary solutions. But if they become a consistent part of your schedule, you’ll see results. Zig Ziglar sums it up best, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”